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Hurricane Joaquin will steer clear of CT this weekend

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Hurricane Joaquin continued as a dangerous category 4 storm on Friday, but some forecast models indicate a shift that may take it away from the east coast.

As of Friday morning, its sustained winds were 130 mph as it battered the central Bahamas.

Because its direction shifted, Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said the hurricane should have little to no impact on the state.

"Over the next few days, Joaquin will accelerate toward the north then it will curve toward the northeast then finally the east," DePrest said.

Even though the models are showing the shift, DePrest said he still isn't calling an "all clear" just yet.

"I should note, some forecast models still have Joaquin taking a left hand turn toward the coast. Therefore, I am reluctant to sound the all clear at this point," DePrest said.

The rain that has been falling in the state is not associated with the hurricane.

Over the next few days, DePrest said it will feel like November with damp, chilly air.

There will be periods of rain Friday night and temperatures will dip into the 40s statewide.

Saturday will be "blustery and raw," with highs ranging from the upper 40s to the low and middle 50s.

"We’ll still have some occasional rain, but it should become spotty during the afternoon and evening," DePrest said.

A few showers will linger Saturday night into Sunday morning, however weather conditions will improve.

"We might even see a little sunshine break through the clouds during the afternoon.  It won’t be quite as chilly, but still breezy and cool with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s," DePrest said.

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